Featured Articles/Videos-(direct links at bottom.)
Strongly Suggested Reading:
Crazy Love, By Frances Chan
The Hole in Our Gospel, By Rich Stearns
Good News About Injustice, By Gary Haugen
MOVIES RELATED TO THE THIRD WORLD POOR AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (Preview or read reviews before showing to kids...some films have graphic violence and innappropriate materials for kids and tender-hearted individuals.
AFRICA: Child Soldier, Mama Heidi, The Other Side of the Country, War Dance, Blood Diamond, Tears of the Sun, Black Gold, Diamonds and Rust, Darwin’s Nightmare, Maybe God is Ill, The Children’s War, Cry Freedom, Biko, Invictus, Beyond Borders, The Color of Freedom, Lumo, Geldof in Africa, The Constant Gardener, Hotel Rwanda, The Power of One, Motherland, God Grew Tired of Us, Attack on Darfur, Darfur Now
(Female “Circumcision”)- Moolaade
INDIA: City of Joy, Gandhi, Starkiss: Circus Girls of India, Any Mother Teresa movies, Slumdog Millionaire, Born into Brothels
CHINA: Manufactured landscapes, A Decent Factory, The Last train Home
SOUTH AMERICA: Favela Rising, The Devil’s Miner, Men with Guns, Romero, The Mission, Salvador, Life and Debt, City of God, City of Men, I Witness, Frontline: The Battle for Haiti, Frontline: The Quake
SOUTHEAST ASIA: The Killing Fields, Bangkok Girl, The Iron Triangle
OTHER: Genocide: The Horror Continues, Daughters of Afghanistan, Motherland Afghanistan, Syriana, Lord of War, Osama, The Beauty Academy of Kabul, Bonhoeffer, The Year of Living Dangerously, Journey of Hope, Power of One, God Bless This Child, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Raising Victor Vargas, The Revolt of Job, The Music Box, Of Land and Freedom, Piote, Kandahar, Return to Paradise, Salaam Bombay, The End of Poverty, Weapons of the Spirit, The Whistleblower, God Bless This Child, The City of Chabannes, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, A Time for Drunken Horses, Children of Heaven, Children Underground, 9 Star Hotel, Gaza Strip, Life is Beautiful, Shindler’s List
POSSIBLE WEBSITE VIDEOS: World Vision, Gospel for Asia, Christian Solidarity International, Compassion, CARE, Unicef, Samaritan’s Purse, Orphan’s Mom.Com
“….large numbers of people have covered themselves with a decent, but thin, veneer of Christianity. They have allowed themselves to become somewhat involved; enough to be respectable but not enough to be uncomfortable. Their religion is a great, soft cushion. It protects them from the hard unpleasantness of life, which changing its place and shape to suit their convenience. No wonder the cynics speak of hypocrites in the church and dismiss religion as escapism.
The message of Jesus is very different. He never lowered his standards or modified his conditions to make his call more readily acceptable. He asked first his disciples, and he has asked every disciple since, to give him their thoughtful and total commitment. Nothing less will do.
…If you are in doubt regarding what is right and what is wrong, what must go and what must be retained, do not be too greatly influenced by the customs and conventions of Christians you may know. Go by the clear teachings of the Bible and the promptings of your conscience, and Christ will gradually lead further along the path of righteousness. When he puts his finger on anything, give it up.
…So in order to follow Christ we have to deny ourselves, to crucify ourselves, to lose ourselves. The full, inexorable demand of Jesus Christ is now laid bare. He does not call us to a sloppy half-heartedness, but to a vigorous, absolute commitment. He calls us to make him our Lord.
The astonishing idea is current in some circles today that we can enjoy the benefits of Christ’s salvation without accepting the challenge of his sovereign lordship. Such an unbalanced notion is not to be found in the New Testament.
…To make Christ Lord is to bring every department of our public and private lives under his control. This includes our career. God has a purpose for every life. Our business is to discover it and do it.”
-Excerpt from BASIC CHRISTIANITY; By John R.W. Stott; Inter-Varsity Press, 1958
Christ's Call: Radical Obedience by Pastor KP Yohannon
Lukewarm and Loving It! by Pastor Frances Chan
Shocking Message by Pastor Paul Washer
The Miniature Earth (2010 Edition)
Please see these links for challenging articles on the following topics:
"Learning from the Sin of Sodom" New York Times, By Nickolas Kristof http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/opinion/28kristof.html
Please see these links for videos from organizations that are helping orphans and at-risk children.